Free Trees for Boston Residents

Grow Boston Greener (GBG)  continues their program of Free Tree Give-Aways!  My friend Dan*** who lives in Hyde Park forwarded me this information.

This is a chance for residents and private property owners to receive, plant, and steward a tree in Boston.  Tree Give-Aways will be on Saturday, May 2, 9, 30 and June, 2.   GBG will be out in locations around the city providing free trees to help improve the beauty and health of the City.  Locations right now are  the South End, Roxbury, and Charlestown. 

At the Free Tree Give-Aways they offer small, medium, and tall canopy trees that are all urban tolerant.  The trees are 6-8’ tall and come in containers.  GBG asks each new tree steward to fill out a site evaluation form which is a brief survey of the growing conditions specific to your yard area so staff can help match the right tree to the right place.  Trees need to be planted within a week of receipt and watered once a week for two full growing seasons (April through October) to establish well and grow into the future.

Gretchen Folks, the Coordinator of Grow Boston Greener writes:

“As always I am keenly interested in finding good homes for our trees!  If you know of a spot or two that could use new tree canopy and the property owners would be able to care for trees once they are planted, please feel free to forward me the information or have the property owners contact me.  I am excited to work with any Boston resident and plant new trees.

Look for our ads with details on the upcoming events in the Metro and thank you for your continued interest in Boston and its green potential. 

Grow Boston Greener (GBG) is a collaborative effort of the City of Boston and its partners in Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition (BUFC) to increase the urban tree canopy cover in the city by planting 100,000 trees by 2020.  The planting of these trees will increase Boston’s tree canopy cover from 29% to 35%, by 2030 as the planted trees mature.”

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***My friend Dan and I have not seen each other in years but keep in touch through emails and exchanging holiday greeting cards.  A few years ago, he and I shared a wonderful train ride up to New Hampshire (or was it Vermont?) to see the fall foliage with other foliage enthusiasts on a trip sponsored by the Mystic Valley Railroad Society.   The scenery was breathtaking and the ride was peaceful.  It was a rejuvenation for the spirit.  I highly recommend it. 


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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